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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Rebels will 'erupt and blitz someone'

Cork’s Eoin Cadogan at eir’s launch of the 2017 All-Ireland SFC. Match day clips from all games will be available on eir social media channels throughout the Championship. Pic: Sportsfile
Cork’s Eoin Cadogan at eir’s launch of the 2017 All-Ireland SFC. Match day clips from all games will be available on eir social media channels throughout the Championship. Pic: Sportsfile

Eoin Cadogan reckons that one of these days, Cork footballers are going to unleash their pent-up frustrations and "blitz someone".

He would like it to be against Tipperary on Saturday week - but he can't be sure when it will happen.

Nor can anyone after the Rebels courted Munster SFC quarter-final humiliation against Waterford on Saturday night, eventually emerging the right side of a fraught 1-12 to 1-11 result.

Cadogan was in the stand in Dungarvan but, having battled back from an Achilles tendon problem that required "clean-up" surgery last August, he is "putting my hand up" for semi-final consideration.

Contrary to the latest onslaught of negative commentary about Cork football, this 30-year-old Leesider is adamant that it's not all "doom and gloom" and that the current panel's voracious work ethic was not reflected in the display against Waterford.

"Anyone who plays at inter-county level or club level, you don't go out just for the sake of 'let's go out and perform, lads.' You go out to win. You go out to try and win silverware," he explained.

"That's why you're busting your balls seven nights a week, recovering, eating well, not socialising … and then when your performance doesn't reflect that or you're just scraping over the line, it can be extremely frustrating.

Poking

"I've this thing in my head, that the frustration is just going to erupt at some stage and we're just going to go out and blitz someone. When that happens, I don't know but it's like poking a dog. Keep poking him …"

Cadogan also sought to put their brush with Deise disaster into context.

"Like, as bad and all as the short snippets that you might have seen of the game, we did a lot of good things," he reasoned.

"Not everything is doom and gloom. We are in a Munster semi-final - that is our objective, regardless of how we played. Yeah, it didn't set the world alight, we didn't do this and didn't do that, 'Cork football is in dire straits' ... we are in a Munster semi-final and we can control our next two weeks. That's the bottom line."

He continued: "If we won by 15 points, you wouldn't have made any reference to it, you would have expected it.

"Do I think we are in a good place? Personally, I can't wait to get back training. I have missed a lot of the National League.

"There is a lot of negativity attached to us but I know the work that is being put in, know the work that I have put in myself personally.

"The next two weeks, as much as the negativity is out there, I can't wait to get back training because we have Tipp at home in two weeks' time.

"They are going to be there as favourites, they are not going to be shaking in their boots but I am looking forward to it, whatever that throws up."

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